Last week, Dr. David Schiering, RedWave Technology's Chief Technical Officer, spent several days at the Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical and Biological Center in Maryland, our government’s R&D site for chemical and biological defense, recording the spectra of critical WMD agents including blister, nerve, and Fourth Generation Agents. The infrared spectra of these highly toxic chemicals are now incorporated in a separate library in the ThreatID database, and are available to our users.
In the ancient Indian parable, six blind men feel a single, separate part of an elephant and thus describe the whole animal in six widely disparate ways. The moral is that we sometimes have a tendency to believe a result based on our limited, subjective experience. The purpose of this article is to advocate for the need to use all the tools available to identify and mitigate a potentially hazardous incident, and to use them in the most logical manner to reduce risk. In that manner, the “elephant” will be properly described.
ThreatID, our FTIR chemical analyzer, also functions as a platform for gathering and sending information. With it, first responders can access the internet and various onboard chemical databases for important information, without going through multiple platforms.